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Bettina Szabo Artistic director - Choreographer

About the project

This crowdfunding campaign was created to help finance a residency at the Centre D’art Diane-Dufresne in Repentigny taking place from the 25th to the 31st of March, 2019.

Cuña is an interdisciplinary project including dance, visual art, and sound, interested in going into depth and outlining the development of certain aesthetics women have to offer in the contemporary art scene in Montreal.

Inspired by the phenomenon of internal misogyny among women, choreographer Bettina Szabo invited the poet and visual artist Emilie Allard and composer Keiko Devaux to create a show of living art, Cuña in 2017.

Using the physical and psychosomatic experience of women, from childhood to old age as a vector for creation, the creators joined forces for their first research  project and creation. Cuña will be presented in 2020.

Following their participation in multiple residences, this 100% female team is preparing for a residence at the Centre d’art Diane-Dufresne which will allow them to integrate all the artistic mediums under performance hall conditions.

The above video shows excerpts of a 30-minute version of this piece which was created following our first year of research and creation. This version was first shared during Visite Libre at the Monument National in March of 2018.

Interpreters during the creation: Catherine Dagenais-Savard, Élise Bergeron, Kim Henry, Rosie Contant, Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse, Tamar Tabori, Amber Downey-Back, Magali Casabuena, Élysée Daniel

Diane Dufresne Arts Center


I am developing specific characters for each dancer, based on their own physicality and material produced during early explorations. Therefore, each character has its own rhythm and evolution in the piece.  Also, the changes in focus and attention by the audience happens naturally and permits me to create events saturated by movement and sound. I have created certains group and duet sections using counterbalancing and lifts.  The dancing bodies use each other to help themselves pursue their own paths.

Much of the choreographic material is sensual in the arms in opposition to a raw density in the torso.  However, some somatic explorations gave us the potential for sequences which are sharp and direct, creating contrasts and refreshing the eyes.

The music as much as the video is approached from a choreographic point of view. Same as the choreography is approached from a fine arts perspective where the movement, voice, and respiration of the dancers is considered intrinsic to the sound of the piece.

The somatic explorations incite the dancers to create sound, incidentally making the first material for Keiko to work with in creating the soundtrack.  In using this material for the basis, she will orchestrate the sound playing during the presentation. In effect, she will compose the movement.


For the videos in Cuña, Emilie created the visual content based on personal notes from the dancer’s journals about the meditations produced during the explorations.  The projections were projected on three moveable screens each with a different surface (lace, translucent nylon, and mylar), as well as on material covering the whole stage (see supporting materials).  The dancers manipulate the screens and fabric, creating analogique effects on the images. The movement and interactions of the dancers with the surfaces will filter and transform the videos on stage.





What are the funds for?

What are the funds for?

This campaign will help complete the funding necessary for a technical and creation residency at the Centre Diane Dufresne in Repentigny.

During this residency, we will have the opportunity to experiment with the video projections on scene and with the dancers as well as the trials with music composed of the sound produced by the dancers.  This is a unique opportunity to create under performance conditions, which guarantee the completion of this piece.

These amounts will help to pay the artists, and transportation and accommodation costs of the team.



With 3000$, we will be able to cover:

-artist fees

-transportation fees


If we meet our 2nd objective of 5000$, we will also be able to afford:

-accomodations for the whole team

-the per diem for the team

-the creators pay during the residence


These conditions are the ideal for the creation, letting us eliminate logistic problem and concentrate on our main priority: the work. Your donation helps us profit as much as possible from the unique residency opportunity!


About the project owner


Born in Uruguay, Bettina Szabo dances and choreographs in Montreal since 2007. She studies with Hebe Rosa in Montevideo, at Concordia University and EDCMTL in Montreal as well as with Rami Be’er in Israel. She also follows several professional development workshops and master classes with Marie Chouinard, Dave St-Pierre and Susanna Hood among others.

She dances for the Ballet de Camara de Montevideo (2004-2007), Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel (2010), and Interlope in Montreal (2013-2014). In 2006 She creates the dance collective Jeli-Mien, with which she is awarded the emerging choreographer and emerging interpreter award from the National Ministery of Culture and Sport from Uruguay.

Dance as a means of communication for her that enables a connection to the audience without limitation of language or social class. In 2014 she creates Noir=+, for percussionist and dancer, after a research residency at the Conservatoir Nationale Superieur de Lyon. This is her first interdisciplinary collaboration, which marked the beginning of her close ties with live music. As interpreter, she is interested in collaborative research and somatic movement. She premieres Habitat in 2017 at the ZH festival after a dual residency at the Casa de Velazquez in Madrid, and Impuls Dance in Vienna. She currently is working on her new project Cuña, in Collaboration with Emilie Allard (visual art), Keiko Devaux (Music Composition) and Angelique Willikie (dramaturge).


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